Knee Reconstruction Rehab

Your knee has four main ligaments, one on each of the outer sides and another two inside the knee behind your knee cap. A knee reconstruction usually requires a tissue graft (usually a tendon) to help keep the knee working as a hinge joint.

How long can rehabilitation take?

Rehabilitation after knee surgery takes a full 12 months, but these months are broken up into stages of weeks. This is because it is essential that there is graduated increase in movement (slow progression), and that this is closely monitored by your physiotherapist. This means they can constantly update/change your program depending on you, your body, your lifestyle and how well your body is healing.

What is involved in the early stages?

The first 12 weeks of rehabilitation after a knee reconstruction are crucial, and greatly impact how quickly you heal. You can expect to be given some exercises to complete 2-3 times per day, and there will be brand new (seemingly over-the-top) techniques to do everything – from getting in and out of bed, up and down stairs through to using the bathroom.

Swelling and pain will also be an important factor to consider, using rest, ice and compression to help the fluids drain away will be important. Finally, working on re-developing the muscles around the area, the quadriceps (thigh muscle) will need to work on contracting to straighten the leg. Towards the end of the first 12 weeks, most people can jog and complete some basic resistance training.

What about later down the track?

This is often the part where some people believe their physiotherapist visits are less crucial, however they couldn’t be more wrong. The pain and swelling would’ve subsided, and usually this means people will try to “get back on their feet” and think their rehabilitation is over.

This is often where re-injury or other injuries occur through lack of strength or over-use and over-compensation on surrounding areas. By continuing the rehabilitation practices your physiotherapist has given, you will continue to effectively strengthen the knee and its surrounding areas to prevent re-injury and any new ones arising.

Progressive Can Help

Our state-of-the-art practice in Penrith, Western Sydney has everything our clients need to make a full and fruitful recovery post knee reconstruction surgery. With our cutting-edge recovery equipment, in-house rehabilitation gym and exercise physiologist we have everything our clients need to make a full recovery and thrive post surgery. 

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.